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Susie Snake, Maisie Mouse and other remainder puzzles

This type of puzzle is one of my class’s favourites. We tried it for the first time as an optional puzzle when we were learning about the Viking history of Gainsborough. It proved to be so popular that we have revisited a few times since in different contexts. Because the strategy to solve it requires you to talk about grouping and remainders, it is an excellent, concrete context for teaching division by drawing groups, and reinforcing the link between division and multiplication.

The class have got quite sophisticated now, that for most of them it is about number sequences more than division, and they can confidently work with multiples up to 10, with remainders up to 9 and with grouping numbers up to 100.

Here are the contexts we have met the problem in so far. Notice the first puzzles use the clues from Susie snake, the second uses the clues from Maisie mouse.


African animals



Healthy eating



In writing these puzzles, I found this interactive on very helpful. Click on the picture to follow the link.

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Shape Puzzle

This is a very flexible puzzle. It can be adapted by making the grid bigger or smaller, the ‘shapes’ can be altered into almost any cross curricular images and the numbers can be given units to make it a converting units puzzle. Below are some examples of how I have adapted the problem over time.




Afican animals

  • animals 1 and 2


  • robots 1 and 2


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Coordinate grids

These next activities are very popular with my class. I began by using them as ‘information gap’ or ‘mystery’ activities, where children worked in pairs or small groups sharing clues and solving the problems together. I have moved over the year to children solving them individually as they have solved them so many times. Hope you like them. Again, like the nicknames problems, we have revisited these problems in lots of different contexts to fit in with the different cross curriculat themes. They lend themselves to shape, space and measure objectives. I have used all of these with my year 4 class this year.


  1. Children cut up the pictures to be sorted onto grid. My class have found it helpful to put their initials on the back of each picture.
  2. Read through all the clues.
  3. Where a clue tells you exactly where a picture is to be placed, place it there.
  4. Tick off the clues as you solve then.
  5. When puzzle is solved, make sure solution fits all the clues.


Telling the time

Units of measurement



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Tudor maths continued…

I have added a link to the TES website, where I have begun uploading smartboard files to accompany my activities.

This week, we are investigating Tudor sports and pastimes.

I adapted the Tudor entertainment activity from website so that it would be colour coordinated when I photocopied it.

This activity was extended then into a maths data handling exercise. Less able children completed these:

More able children solved these:

Finally, the children are going on to produce a scrap-book of the visit to Tudor London using all the information.

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Tudor maths weeks 1 and 2

This term I am working on the theme of Tudors with my year 4 class and have produced a number of puzzles and problems linked to this theme. I use the “Challenging more able pupils” problem solving book to help generate ideas, so you might recognise some of these problems from there. Let me know what you think.

Week 1 activities-Kings and Queens

Because kings and queens in Tudor times use roman numerals, we did a couple of activities to familiarise the children with them.

Roman numeral multiplication

Monarchy dates in roman numerals

We then looked at these activities to help children remember the names,  dates and a few facts about Tudor kings and queens (and Henry VIIIs wives) while solving logic problems.

Kings and Queens logic puzzles

King and Queens stamp puzzles

There was a good activity we found on about Henry VIII six wives.

In week 2 we looked more at Henry VIII and his interests.

We discovered he was a knight, and solved problems and puzzles about knights.

Knights of the garter (nicknames puzzle)

Knight mazes (number sequences)

We then looked at some of the things he did such as:

If you like the jousting activity, there is a wonderful game on that uses the same strategy called “weigh the wangdoodles

We have planned four more weeks of similar Tudor maths. In addition to the word documents I have attached, I also have smart board files completed for most of the activities.

Other topics I have planned themes for are:



African animals


Keeping healthy

As a consultant, I also produced resources for Lincolnshire schools.

There is a link below to cross curricular planning for different year groups I did a few years ago now.

If there is anything you would like me to upload please post a comment and let me know.

Otherwise, I will upload some Egyptian problems and puzzles.

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